Before the holiday season is officially in full swing, and we get caught up in our social obligations and overindulgence, comes a day that encourages us to think first of others—Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday following Thanksgivng. The holiday season always inspires a sense of community and can be a catalyst to remind us the importance of remaining connected all year round. Here are a few ways you can contribute on Giving Tuesday.
Give To A Local Non-Profit—Bonus Points If It’s One You Didn’t Know Existed
Not to discourage giving to global, nationwide, or local non-profits that are already on your radar, but there are sure to be many in your community that you may not know exist. Give of your time, donate items they require, or give a donation of any denomination. Find an organization who contributes to a cause you find meaningful, and you will be more likely to remain engaged year-round.
Donate Your Stuff
Who doesn’t have too much stuff? As you start moving boxes around to decorate for the holiday season, consider going through the entire box or closet—to start setting things aside that you don’t want or need. Then, offer these items to friends and family, donate to a local charity or thrift store, or even post in the free section on Craigslist.
Last but not least, take some time to consider friends, family, neighbors, or acquaintances who may be in need of some kindness on Giving Tuesday.